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Cheers for Miss Bishop

Published 1941
Topics drama

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Run time 1:34:05
Producer Richard A. Rowland
Production Company Richard A. Rowland Productions
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2013
Subject: Rah Rah Rah
Good drama about a school teacher and the many obstacles, some vocational, some personal (mostly personal though). Martha Scott is very good as Bishop, who manages to play her from college student all the way to retired school teacher. There's some spotty parts, but mostly it's all pretty good.
Reviewer: WINSTON SMITH3353 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2013
Subject: Film Info
Ella Bishop is an inhibited girl whose frustrations grow as she approaches womanhood. As a woman, her ambitions to teach cause her to lose her only opportunity for true love. Ella's life becomes one of missed chances and wrong choices. As she reaches old age, she reflects back and realizes she allowed the years to go by without achieving what she believes to be her true fulfillment. However, her years have not been without glory, and her moment of triumph arrives.
~Written by Marc Andreu at

PRODUCER: Richard A. Rowland, Richard A. Rowland Productions.

DIRECTOR: Tay Garnett

Bess Streeter Aldrich (novel "Miss Bishop")
Stephen Vincent Benet (screen adaptation)
Adelaide Heilbron (screenplay)
Sheridan Gibney (screenplay

Filming Location: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Martha Scott as Ella Bishop
Edmund Gwenn as Professor Corcoran
Don Douglas as Delbert
William Gargan as Sam Peters
Sterling Holloway as Chris
Dorothy Peterson as Mrs. Bishop
Sidney Blackmer as John Stevens
Mary Anderson as Amy
Marsha Hunt as Hope
Rosemary De Camp as Minna

Film Facts:

Film debut of actor Rosemary DeCamp.

Lux Radio Theater broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 17, 1941 with Martha Scott and William Gargan reprising their film roles.

Original story by Bess Streeter Aldrich: Born 1881 at Cedar Falls, Iowa - died 1954 at Elmwood, Nebraska)

Bess Streeter Aldrich was one of Nebraska's most widely read and enjoyed authors. Her writing career spanned forty-some years, during which she published over one hundred short stories and articles, nine novels, one novella, two books of short stories, and one omnibus. In her work, she emphasized family values and recorded accurately Midwest pioneering history. One of her books, "Miss Bishop," was made into the movie, "Cheers for Miss Bishop"; and her short story, "The Silent Stars Go By," became the television show, "The Gift of Love," starring Lee Remick and Angela Lansbury. Aldrich also served as a writer and consultant in Hollywood for Paramount Pictures.

Bess Genevra Streeter was born February 17, 1881, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the last of eight children born to James and Mary Streeter. Bess graduated in 1901 from Iowa State Normal School, now known as the University of Northern Iowa, and taught for four years. She returned to Cedar Falls and worked as Assistant Supervisor at her alma mater, receiving an advanced degree in 1906. She married Charles Sweetzer Aldrich the following year.

Charles Aldrich had graduated with a law degree from Iowa State University and had been one of the youngest captains in the Spanish-American War. Following the war, he served for years as a U.S. Commissioner in Alaska.

In 1909 the Aldriches and Bess's sister and brother-in-law, Clara and John Cobb, bought the American Exchange Bank in Elmwood, Nebraska, and moved there with the Aldrich's two-month old daughter, Bess's widowed mother, and the Cobbs. Elmwood would become the locale, by whatever name she called it, of her many short stories, and it would also be the setting for some of her books.

Aldrich had won her first writing prize at fourteen and another at seventeen, having been writing stories since childhood. However, for two years after the family moved to Elmwood, Aldrich was too busy with local activities to write. Then in 1911 she saw a fiction contest announcement in the "Ladies Home Journal" and wrote a story in a few afternoons while the baby napped. Her story was one of six chosen from among some two thousand entries. From that time on, Aldrich wrote whenever she could find a moment between caring for her growing family and her household chores. Indeed, she commented that, in the early days, many a story was liberally sprinkled with dishwater as she jotted down words or ideas while she worked. Aldrich's first book, "Mother Mason," a compilation of short stories, was published in 1924.

In May 1925, shortly before her second book, "Rim of the Prairie," was published, Charles Aldrich died of a cerebral hemorrhage, leaving Bess a widow with four children ranging from four to sixteen. Her writing now became the means of family support; with her pen she put all the children through college.

Aldrich's short stories were as eagerly sought and read as her novels, and she became one of the best paid magazine writers of the time. Her work appeared in such magazines as "The American," "Saturday Evening Post," "Ladies Home Journal," "Collier's," "Cosmopolitan," and "McCall's." Aldrich also wrote several pieces on the art of writing, and these were published in "The Writer."

In 1934, Aldrich was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Nebraska, and in 1949 she received the Iowa Authors Outstanding Contributions to Literature Award. She was posthumously inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1973.

Aldrich moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1945 to be near her daughter and her daughter's family and did comparatively little writing thereafter. Bess Streeter Aldrich died in 1954 at the age of 73 and is buried beside her husband in the Elmwood Cemetery. Her legacy of books and stories remains, however, continuing to fulfill her hope that as future generations read her work they will understand the joys, the struggles, and the strengths that were all a part of pioneering in the Midwest.
~Written by Carol Miles Petersen
Reviewer: krishna kumar menon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2011
Subject: Nostalgia
Martha Scott takes one back to their childhood teachers and the relationship that we had with them and also the role they played in character building. Though no great competition for Goodbye Mr.Chips this American Mid-western teacher holds her stead and brings lumps to throats with her rendering in the last scene where she is overwhelmed by the old students who over the years maintain respect and regard for her.
A low key film but Martha Scott does superb justice to the role. The torch bearer Sam is more than adequate and another stellar performance from Edmund Gwenn who plays the Principal.
I give this 5 stars for sentimental reasons.
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 24, 2010
Subject: 5 stars 50 klenexes
My snot box is bigger Karen..
I have a love/hate relationship with these kinds of movies.. To this day there is a very special woman I'm still as in love with as I was 30 years ago and we're both still single, but sadly 1000 miles apart. {sigh}
Oh well..maybe one of these days..
Now I'll go see if I can find something else to think about,, maybe go watch Nosferatu again..Dracula's a real tear jerker ain't it?
Reviewer: kareneliot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 27, 2010
Subject: 1 kleenex, 5 stars
I especially liked this one.

Previous reviewer is so right about it being a great timecapsule.

It seems like there is a piece missing, there was a cut-up jump right in the middle of one scene into another... with her and her niece and the dress into>>> she's back talking about the past with Sam.

I feel like I might need to read the book "Miss Bishop" by Bess Streeter Aldrich to get the whole story.

But I still give it 5 stars for being an engrossing and entertaining film. And one kleenex - to dab the sentimental tears from my corner of my eyes towards the end.
Reviewer: ccvr - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 25, 2004
Subject: Good Movie
This was a good movie, the setting reflects the morals of the time, and it gives you and idea of a the time period, set at the turn of the 19th century, going into the 20th century and beyond.
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